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of an amnesty, a dialogue, and an invitation to a u.s. fact-finding mission, even a chance for a free press. for his hard-core supporters, it was a family day out, and it did not matter what he said. the libyans to do not like things the way they are, who do not want civil war, might listen and wonder whether the risks of taking on the regime are worth it. the colonel's leadership style is eccentric, but he is hitting back hard and slowing the rebellion against his rule. that was something they could not do in egypt or tunisia. jeremy bowen, bbc news, tripoli. >> an international effort has begun to repatriate tens of thousands of foreigners, most of them egyptian, who have been massing on libya's border with tunisia. britain and france have sent several of their plans. the largest british warship is heading for libyan coastal waters. they have rescued 85,000 in the past week. we have this report from the border. >> the struggle for liberation in the arab world has led to this. men fighting for a seat on a bus, desperate to escape from libya, pleading to simply be allowed to go home. 85,000
of trading on a legal tip-off, now the biggest insider trading trial in u.s. history. police investigate an organized crime syndicate that operated around the world. hello there as forces step up offenses against rebel areas, president obama's top national security advisors meet to outline what steps are realistic. washington as underscored any authorization of a no-fly zone must come from a united nation security council. >> colnel kadafi presented a front since the rebellion in his country began and more evidence of the fighting that split libya. these pictures show the situation a few days ago. government troops showing off flashes of what they claim is rebel held a&m mission. rebel forces say the situation in the city is very critical with fierce battles taking place. >> i don't think we can stand aside to let that happen. >> this british approach is something one prominent american politician has welcomed. >> a no-fly zone account be imposed fairly easily, not without challenges, but i would also point out that the air assets that gadhafi has is in a small space. a no-fly zone is wh
fighters are being easily out maneuvered. >> it is being reported in the u.s. that president obama signed a secret presidential order in the past three weeks authorizing covert support for opposition forces who have been trying to topple colnel gadhafi. news coming amid a debate of arming the forces opposed to colnel gadhafi. >> the details are fairly sketchy to be honest. we have had confirmation tonight that over the past two or three weeks president obama signed what is called a presidential finding, essentially a directive that paves the way for covert military operations to take place in libya by american forces aiding the rebel forces. there are reports in the "new york times" saying c.i.a. is already in libya, which i don't think some will find too surprising. but so far the white house and c.i.a., as you would expect, refused to comment. >> interesting to point out that we are being told that government sources confirming that barack obama signed this operation some two or three weeks ago, which is interesting because we heard from him last night talking about arming rebels in the
to step down. but in an exclusive interview, libyan's colonel gaddafi came out fighting. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. said that he was delusional. >> it was colonel gaddafi's first interview since this crisis started. he agreed to see bbc news and the sunday times. he said that the u.n.sanction resolutions against libyan were illegitima illegitimate. and asked if he would leave the country. [laughter] as if anyone would leave their home land, he said. >> mr. gaddafi, you have been known as the leader, and for years. and plenty of people in this country would say that the biggest obstacle of change for them and libya is you. >> he said that his presence actually instigated change for the people. >> in recent years you have had important western leaders like tony blair coming here. and now there are western leers leaders saying you should go. >> of course it's betrayal, they have no morals, besides if they want me to step down, what do i step down from? i am not a monarch or king. >> but you can step down even if you don't have a formal title. >> it's honor, he said, nothing to
the obama administration is not moving forward asking for a no-fly zone from the u.s. congress or the un security council. there have been democrats and republicans pushing the obama administration to consider a no- fly zone. senator john kerry called for one, which follows lieberman and mccain. pretty much the entire spectrum has been pushing president obama to do more. i think secretary clinton and secretary gates have been trying to throw a little cold water on the idea, pointing out the risk s and consequences of such a decision. >> u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has said that all options are on the table when it comes to dealing with libya and dealing with colonel gaddafi. what is your sense of what that means? is it rhetoric? is their intent behind that? >> one would hope there's intent behind that. both the united states and european capitals have said that gaddafi must go now and they have imposed these sanctions. so far, there's been no real action. we have our navy off the coast of libya right now, but with no apparent course of taking action. we've heard about the ris
for debate, not action. u.s. secretary of state has insisted that this be a u.n., not american initiative. protesters are keeping a low profile in at the capitol. but the protesters still seem determined to fight. >> only 30 miles away from the wyatt, the military success makes it even more dangerous -- from zawiya, the military success makes it even more dangerous for protesters. they believe in former is are everywhere. yet another protester joined us. they have never been on facebook before, which is now blocked. they do not have weapons, unlike the rebels in zawiya. but many have died, too, killed by the regime. >> jeremy. >> do you think because of the force that he has used -- >> no, and he is not finished. i will never speak any words with -- i am not arab. >> what is your gut feeling, like your feeling inside about how this is killing two and? >> we do not want this to go on. >> so, how do you beat him? >> how we will be? with faith. that is the only way. we don't have guns or modules or anything. but we have faith. we have the faith to be free people. >> how do you sustain this?
you can't ask for unmanned drones from the u.s. what else would you need, particularly from the iaea? >> i believe we have been asking for help from the iea -- iaea and from the united states. we will require and we will ask for assistance as needed. we will not hesitate to ask for help if we feel it is necessary. >> in terms of the humanitarian situation, what is your assessment of how that is progressing? how are you getting essentials supplies for those in such desperate need, bearing in mind that weather conditions and the nuclear situation on going? >> i believe the earthquake itself, magnitude 9.0, unprecedented. many of the roads, land communications are destroyed. our immediate response was sending in almost 80,000 troops and rescue forces to rescue people. we succeeded in rescuing 26,000 people. now, as you say, the issue of how to support and released those displaced, -- and rel ieve those displaced, that is a concern for us. we set up headquarters at the ministerial level to address this issue quickly. we are using our forces to send in necessary material. take an example
. defining the american dream of. we begin a special series examining those who have called the u.s. home. >> welcome to our viewers on a pbs in america. and in libya, state tv reports the new allied air strikes tonight even as anti-government rebels closed in on what could be an important symbolic win. they have been moving steadily west. moving from than gauzy, they are now in control -- moving from benghazi, the biggest win would be the capture of sirte. >> is taking the fight to colonel gaddafi parks and birthplace -- gaddafi's birthplace. a victory here would have huge symbolic value. if the libyan leader cannot defend his home town, how long can he defend his regime mark? rebels said these were some of his supporters, mercenaries sent to kill. they were defeated by poorly armed volunteers. we found rebel fighters racing to the front-line sending a message. it the weeks ago, a gesture like this would have gotten him killed. along the way, we met this band of brothers and cousins and extended family have said they were ready to fight and die together so that their children could be fr
changed for the u.s., do you think? >> what changed was the arab league to vote over the weekend. it was clear that there was going to be arab involvement in this move towards airstrikes which has been led by britain and france. america and president obama decided that the conditions were right to adopt a much more muscular approach at the security council this week. this probably would not have happened without america's vigorous support. crucially, of course, we have these five abstentions. 10 votes in favor and five against led by china and russia. interestingly of course, in that group is germany. germany, the biggest country in the european union, has very serious feelings about whether the air strikes are possible or whether they will lead to a potential escalation or a regional conflict. >> any of the ambassador's apart from the germans talk about military actions about strategic air strikes? >> no, what we had is a lot of rhetoric and a lot of show of unity. there is a tension. clearly no one is sure how this military action is going to proceed from here on in. president
of the operation. france, britain, in the u.s. have taken the lead so far, but nato has yet to agree whether the alliance should have a leading role in the mission. the meetings for talks have been scheduled for all of the key international players in london next week. ministers will be hoping to have resolved the issue of control by then. bbc news. >> earlier, i spoke to the former u.s. ambassador to the united nations under president bill clinton, and the arab league, the african union, and others that are not fully committed to air strikes, and president obama said the international community is fully behind the action in libya. >> first, you have to remember that the international community did pass this through the union, so there is that international credibility. as this goes on longer than people expect, this is the first time they have done this. it happened very quickly. it is a healthy debate going on. it is not clear it will remain an unanimous block to do it, but i think with the american leadership, you will see it largely remaining intact. >> i would like to ask you another qu
. we are ok. no problem. >> in the east, the air campaign had its first loss, a u.s. air force eagle jetfighter crashed in rebel territory. the alliance says it wasn't shot down but suffered mechanical failure. its two crewmen have been rescued. east of tripoli, the fight for control of the city goes on. rebel forces were enjoying a moment of celebration. then this. how quickly the moment turned to panic and retreat. >> the condition is so serious. since last night, they have no lights, electricity in the hospital. they're working with generators. yesterday it was disaster because more than 22 missiles. >> 1973 pact, no one to die. >> no one died last night. the libyan government insists they will swear many civilians have been killed and wounded by allied strikes t might well be true. we have asked them for evidence. so far, they have not provided it. bbc news, tripoli. >> the american admiral leading the international operation to enforce the no-fly zone has said gaddafi loyalists are still attacking civilians and coalitions are considering options to stop that. on a diplomatic lev
the libyan air force and no longer exists as a fighting force. the senior u.s. commander says that troops loyal to gaddafi are still violating a u.n. resolution 1973. misrata is besieged by government tanks and artillery. mike will reject reports. >> characteristically the finance -- define it, colonel gaddafi on the first night of bombing. he said that those attacking libya would end up in the dustbin of history. colonel gaddafi has pledged there would be no surrender, and this on another night with a burst of anti-aircraft fire. from the american secretary of state hillary clinton, a suggestion that efforts might be under way to look for an exit strategy. >> i am not aware that he personally has reached out, but i know people allegedly on his behalf up and reaching out. that is why i say this is a very dynamic situation. >> be diplomatic strategy has been to convince the libyan leader to take another course. these pictures provide more insight into the military reality confronting him and his forces. it shows as helicopters taking off for an operation at night with american ships involv
here? >> we are feeling normal, ok. no problem. >> and in the east, the first loss -- a u.s. f-15e eagle jet fighter. the airline said it was not shut down, but suffered mechanical failure. and the fight for control of misrata goes on. rebel forces were enjoying a moment of celebration. then this. how quickly the moment turned to panic. >> i have no light, electricity in the hospital. i am working with a generator. 1973 -- i have civilians dying every day to day. >> know when dying in this bombing last night. the libyan government insists that many civilians have been killed and wounded by allied strikes. it might well be true. we have asked for evidence. so far, they have not provided. bbc news, tripoli. plexus the united states is -- >> the united states is keen to relinquish its leadership role in the military campaign. president obama and prime minister cameron and presidents are cozy agreed that nato's -- president sarkozy agreed that nato felt military structures should take the leading role. president obama has been on the phone to paris and london. >> yes, if he is doing a
, but that is not where the u.s. government is at the moment. it is a lesser preferred options. we have had a lot of talk about the idea of a no-flight zone over libya. that would require military action. the united states is not ruling out that option, but is reluctant to commit to it. the reasons for that essentially are one that the united states have commitments elsewhere, like afghanistan, and how to direct military action would be perceived by people and leaders elsewhere in the middle east. >> he is an egyptian surgeon in eastern libya were at least 14 were killed. earlier, i spoke to him and asked him how long he had been in libya. >> i have been in libya for a week now. we are offering medical surgical help to the libyan people who have been injured. >> have you, as a group? >> 7 egyptian surgeons. i am you're working at the medical facility about 70 kilometers from where it happens. >> can you describe what you have seen in the city? >> in the past two weeks, we have received several patients, 14 people were killed. we have received them here at the medical facility. the type of injuries ranged
-- to determine the location of the deceased. >> but teams from a number of nations, including the u.k., the u.s.a., japan, taiwan, korea, china, new zealand -- they typically work in their own national units. where possible we have tried but teams and in areas where they can focus on places we know some of their countrymen are liable to be located. they work on a shift roster. they do 30 minutes on, 30 minutes all. they rotate. they're the most amazing, dedicated people. they have reduced risk to a minimum. risk that would be beyond anything we would normally accept in our lives. and they have focused on one thing -- with great optimism and a degree of hope he reads from the beginning -- and they still have that now. they still think light of the book may be somewhere." and that is the way they work. >> the latest headlines for you this hour. the libyan air force claims they are launching a new attack and in eastern libya. gaddafi is being investigated for possible crimes against humanity. president obama is sending aircraft to aid refugees fleeing libya peary had hundreds more -- fleeing libya
. my name is mike embley. another day of rage in yemen, but the president tells the u.s. to stop interfering. and he is known for shaquita andino -- shocking o on the catwalk, but dior has fired john galliano. hello again. in libya, colonel gaddafi is making efforts to shore up areas around capital of tripoli. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is warning that the country could go into a protracted civil war. jeremy bowen says that gaddafi says there are no demonstrations against him, and jeremy has a different account of how peaceful the city is. >> colonel gaddafi supporters were in the town to wave off the convoy. they say his authority will be restored. >> forever. forever. >> the regime's power is concentrated in the capital. colonel gaddafi has genuine support here, but there are protesters in tripoli, too. this is the center of the city, and green square. authorities say the foreign media has not been showing signs like these because they are wrongly portrayed in libya as chaotic and violent. here in tripoli, it is not normal, and if they thought there wasn't any chan
. bbc news, tripoli. >> the general in charge of u.s. africa demand, leading coalition operations in libya, and said he does not expect operations to continue much longer. >> i do not think it will go on for very long time. and we have an opportunity to execute the requirements of the u.n. security council resolution. the most important part of which is to protect civilians. it is important to note with the net to a large degree by stopping the regime's attacks on benghazi. there are other places where civilians remain threatened by the regime. we are doing our best each and every day and night to protect the civilians. >> you are watching "bbc world news." still to come on the program -- more worries in japan around the fukushima nuclear plant. one of the reactors could be damaged. the countries involved and the military coalition over libya have been financing a deal to transfer political control of their campaign -- finessing a deal to transfer political control of their campaign to nato. matthew price reports. >> slowly, but surely, it is being transferred to nato. command rem
holds a minute of silence for those who died in the earthquake and tsunami a week ago. the u.s. president barack obama has said the libyan leader colonel gaddafi must obey the u.n. demands or face military action. earlier, the libyan government announced an immediate ceasefire and promised to follow the u.n. resolution passed on thursday. he said colonel gaddafi had to stop all attacks on civilians, pull back his troops, and allow in humanitarian aid. >> now once more, muammar gaddafi has a choice. the resolution that passed lays out very clear conditions that must be met. the united states, the united kingdom, france, and arab states agree that a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. that means all attacks against civilians must stop. gaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on benghazi. he must pull them back from misurata and established water, gas, and electricity supplies to all areas. humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach the people of libya. let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. >> in the libyan capital of tripoli, there is dismay and anger
. the u.s. ambassador to the un branded the performance as "delusional." we spoke to the man at the center of libya's unfolding crisis. >> it was colonel gaddafi's first interview for western journalists since the crisis started. he agreed to see the bbc, abc news from the united states, and "the sunday times." the interview was held in a restaurant overlooking tripoli port. he said the u.n. sanctions against libya was illegitimate. he was asked if he would ever leave the country. >> [laughter] as if anyone would leave their homeland. >> you are known as the leader here. you have been the leader for many years. there are plenty of people in this country who would say the biggest obstacle to change for them and for libya is you. he said his presence actually instigated change for the people. mr gaddafi has no official title as leader. in recent years, you have had a rapprochement with western countries. you have had leaders like tony blair come here. but now leaders are queuing up to say you should go. do you feel a sense of the trail about that? -- of the trail about that. >> of course it
in aid from the u.s. as ronald reagan, which joined dozens of japanese vessels and will be a base to deliver supplies to camps in the stricken areas. other american warships are on the way or standing by. at the request of the japanese government, seasons and rescue teams from california and virginia arrived on sunday with tracker dogs to help search for survivors. their last international deployment was a year ago in the aftermath of the haiti earthquake. the 75-person unit consists of doctors, paramedics, engineers, and firefighters and have enough food and water to make them self-sufficient for 10 days. and the fund raising has also begun. with international charities calling for the millions of dollars that will be needed in the months and years ahead. jane o'brien, bbc news, washington. >> for more on the disaster in japan, go to the bbc website of the latest news and analysis, including aerial views. bbc.com/news. you are watching world news today from bbc world news would need, -- these are had guns. technicians in japan battled to coal overheating nuclear reactors at the f
will shortly be underway in the german lender. after a meeting of energy experts in brussels, the e.u.'s commissioner went further than chancellor merkel and suggested that europe should consider a nuclear-free future and that all 150 reactors in the region should be given a stress test to ensure they are safe. >> this is a pre-assessment, if you like, of all potential risks in the wake of what has happened in japan. the earthquakes, tsunamis. >> such remarks may not go down that well in france, which prides itself on if you can safety and which relies on nuclear power for 80% of its energy needs. one french manufacturer insisted today their newest reactors would not release radio activity even in the case of a meltdown. in an issue of such public sensitivity, there appears to be pressure for a nuclear rethink or at least a pause for thought. >> you're watching bbc news. new pictures of the quake-stricken japanese nuclear plants appear to show smoke or steam emitting from the site. staff withdrawing from the if you can jet streama nuclear site due to risk of increased radiation. well, a
. >> welcome to bbc world news. the headlines -- the u.s. to carry council? action against colonel gaddafi with a resolution to -- the un council backs action against colonel gaddafi with a resolution. celebrations in been gaungazi ae news of the resolution reaches the rebels. desperate for aid, more than 300,000 people are still homeless and food is in short supply. >> the united nations security council has approved a resolution for the creation of a no-fly zone to protect the people of libya. the resolution calls for all necessary measures, but rules out the use of foreign ground troops. 10 countries voted in favor and none were against. there were five abstentions, including russia and china. >> when it came, there was no opposition to the plan that britain, france, and 11 on had presented. sit -- significantly, both russia and china were among the five countries to abstain. afterwards, britain made clear why its government felt it had to act. >> the world should not stand by and accept the dump the hospitality against his own people. this resolution. tonight in the united nations secu
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